Above: The spotlight's on Porirua School's Serenity Martin as she receives her award from Rotary District Governor Mitchell Brown, Porirua Deputy Mayor Izzy Ford and Councillor 'Ana Coffey in front of proud whanau and supporters.
Porirua’s young future leaders were honoured today for going the extra mile to serve their schools and the community.
The Rotary Clubs of Porirua and Porirua City Council presented Primary School Leadership Awards to 58 local school children at a ceremony at Elim Church.
The awards were presented by Porirua Deputy Mayor Izzy Ford, who said it was great to see so many wonderful young people being celebrated.
“With these kids as the future of our city, we’re in good hands,” she said.
“They’re amazing role models for their peers and lead by example - not only through their achievements but also by showing integrity, determination and kindness.
“One of our priorities in Porirua City is having tamariki and rangitahi at the centre of city decisions, so we’re very happy to be celebrating these students today. And I’m proud to see how many of them are being honoured for the way they treat others.”
The children were selected by principals from primary schools throughout Porirua. Two senior students from each school were chosen based on leadership, service above self, and being role models.
The students had been involved in a range of activities including student councils, organising fundraising or leading dance, sporting or cultural groups.
Mana MP Kris Faafoi, who attended today’s ceremony, said this exceptional group of young people were leading the way.
"I'm really heartened to look at testimonials of each recipient and see that they're all doing such a great job of leading in diverse areas.
"These young leaders are setting a great foundation on environmental issues, enjoying different cultures, helping those in our community who need assistance and importantly their fellow friends at school.
"I agree with our Deputy Mayor, our city will be in great shape in the future with these young leaders at the helm."
Adventure School – Gemma Lovewell and Arene Landon-Lane
Bishop Viard College - Wendy-Dawn Faraimo and Mannfred Sofara
Brandon Intermediate – Va'a Taulapapa and Sheila Tui
Cannons Creek School – Jade Schwalger and Breana Nepia Te Hau
Corinna School - Claudia Suailua and Analia Fa’aumu
Discovery School - Rhian O'Connell and Leo Enoka
Glenview School - Victoria Jing Hkang and Temalo Fa'auga
Holy Family School – Vanessa Kamsaengsai and Marley Oloapu-Atoni
Maraeroa School – Ranfurly de Thierry and Hunter Gaualofa
Natone Park School - Paris-Hayze Robinson and Ropati Neti
Ngāti Toa School – Beau-Wehi Rei and Sarah Mangu
Papakowhai School – Zoe Ford and Jarrod McKee
Paremata School - Tanika Lawrence and Harry Newland
Pāuatahanui School – Emie Kearney and Alexander Bateman
Plimmerton School – Zoe Ham and Jessica McManaway
Porirua School – Serenity Martin and Tane Neho-Laupama
Postgate School – Punipuao Allan and Leilani Pedro
Pukerua Bay School – Isaac du Toit and Devlin Hilliard
Rangikura School - Acosta Tolai and Molly Beek
Russell School - Tina Ah Fa and Solomon Pule
St Pius X School - Kimora-Lee Umaga-Marshall and Naylan Murray-Leaupepe
St Theresa’s School – Toby Carter and Belle Croasdale
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School - Ruby-Rose Scott and Meg Kelly
Te Kura Maori o Porirua - Trinity Gear and Estienne-Jane Boladuadua
Titahi Bay School – Arana Cronin-Stone and Tumanako Waa
Titahi Bay Intermediate – Jack Chapman and Rosa Stratford
Titahi Bay North School – Javarn Waters Tautuhi and Sapphire Morgan Ruwhiu
Wellington Seventh Day Adventist School – Monisa Ng Lam and Monica Ng Lam
Windley School – Kelisione Baker and Jayliz Brown-Risati
4 Sep 2017